Are You Transformed?
Lots of talk about “transformation” this month. We have transformed money, mental health, relationships, and even our physical wellness. This is not a NEW way of thinking. United Methodists don’t have the monopoly on this concept. Seems like whenever I troll through social media the big hype is “personal development,” giving back to yourself, “feeding yourself first,” and on it goes; TRANSFORMING INTO THE BETTER YOU.
I have been doing some pretty big out-of-the-box moves lately. And I have asked myself some tough questions. I have learned that it’s not about me A LOT. And that my reaction, whether positive or negative, will cause an immediate reaction to any given situation. People watch me. At work, at home, at church, and I ask myself, “who do THEY think I am?” Am I true to what I post on facebook? Am I living the advice I give others? Am I walking that valley the way I say I am, the way He wants me to?
That’s not what it’s about. Transforming is about digging deep within and truly changing your mindset. God loves you the way you are. He made you. You can’t surprise Him. If you change or “transform” what is your motive? If it’s to make more money you got it wrong. If it’s to be more accepted, you got it wrong. If it’s to be more comfortable with yourself, you still got it wrong. The change should be the desire to be transparent and approachable so that others want to be with you to get to know Him. You are a walking, talking, breathing example of Christ’s love. Every person. Every time.
It’s no secret that we are not worthy of His grace or mercy. It is a gift. Period. We can’t work for it or buy it or bargain for it. It’s there and all we have to do is accept it. We always make it harder than it’s intended to be. The only ME factor is that you are loved beyond any power you can imagine. The rest of it is about the journey, who you touch, how you make others feel, the love YOU give. The transformation is about the love you share, the kindness you give, the absolute, genuine care you practice.
Transformation.. Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.